The Asian American Center was found in 1983 as a space and resource for Tufts students and community members to foster a supportive environment for the academic and personal development of Asian American students. One of five identity-based Centers within the schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering, the Asian American Center recognizes the mono- and multiracial East Asian, Southeast Asian, and South Asian peoples, cultures, and intersecting social identities present in the Tufts community, and advocates for students to ensure a successful college experience. In collaboration with students, staff, faculty, and alums, the Asian American Center coordinates year-round educational programs and services, offers resources for the transition to college, provides social opportunities to learn from and engage with peers, and informs students of campus events and opportunities. Center staff also provide academic and personal advising, mentorship, and guidance to students. While the Asian American Center's primary purpose is to serve undergraduate students, it also offers information, event opportunities, and resources for graduate students, faculty, staff, alums, and parents.
Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs, the Director of the Asian American Center serves as a campus resource and educates the community on emerging issues and initiatives regarding the Asian-American student community and Asian-American culture. The Director provides support for undergraduate students, as well as graduate students, faculty, staff, alums, and parents, and leads a variety of student and academic programs, including programs related to social justice. The Director manages and oversees the Asian American Center in all aspects and is responsible for the strategic planning, administration, and leadership of the Center, including establishing its mission and vision. In partnership with colleagues and student leaders, the Director creates and maintains an atmosphere within the Center that serves as an intentional space in which students engage in ongoing dialogue around issues pertaining to the Asian-American community. The Director also serves as a leader in understanding issues of race, citizenship, gender, gender expressions, sexuality, identity more broadly, and/or social justice within and beyond the Asian-American community. They work closely with students and student organizations to build leadership skills, plan events, develop relevant programming and initiatives, and address and respond to student concerns and crises. As a member of the Division of Student Affairs manager staff, the Director collaborates with other University offices and departments both within and beyond the Division of Student Affairs to provide educational and identity-based resources, including partnering with the Africana Center, Latino Center, LGBT Center, Women's Center, International Center, FIRST Resource Center, Health Promotion and Prevention, Student Accessibility Services, and the University Chaplaincy. The Director will serve on a variety of school- and University-wide committees and working groups and will take on special projects and other duties as assigned by the Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs, including participating in the on-call team for the Division. Some nights and weekend commitments are required.
Master's degree required, preferably in higher education, counseling, critical race theory, immigration studies, or another related field
At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in education, student affairs, community organization, social work, or program development, or in other learning or student-facing environments, preferably within a selective university or liberal arts college environment
Superb judgment and demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and oral and written communication skills
Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team; proven ability to develop and maintain productive, collegial working relationships with students, parents, faculty, staff, and alums
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects/tasks with thorough attention to detail and consistency; ability to set and attain goals while working both collaboratively and independently on various projects
Expertise in and an appreciation for mono- and multi-racial East Asian, Southeast Asian, and South Asian peoples, cultures, and identities, and experience with informed and culturally competent approaches to student support services
Strong background in Asian American studies and/or studies in critical race theory, and a nuanced understanding of various models for identity-based resource centers; an understanding of the cultural constructions of race as it intersects with gender, class, ethnicity, sexual identity, religion, and ability
Evidence of a firm commitment to social justice and transparency within a community of diverse racial, ethnic, socio-economic, gender, gender expression, and other identities; awareness of how the college-age development of identities impacts social justice and activism
Demonstrated sensitivity, imagination, and effectiveness in developing educational and community programs; demonstrated commitment to student advocacy and proven experience working with students, staff, faculty, alums, and community groups
A demonstrated understanding of strategic planning, experience utilizing data and assessment to inform decision making, and effective program advocacy skills are all preferred
Experience working effectively with young adults/adolescents, families, faculty, senior administration, and staff members within a similar higher education setting is strongly preferred
Awareness of how social identities impact the experience of college students and an understanding of how implicit and explicit bias, discrimination, and race-based violence operate on a college campus
Strategic leadership and management skills, including the ability to recruit and develop outstanding staff and support a team of colleagues within a demanding educational environment a plus
Experience successfully engaging campus climate issues through co-curricular student-focused programs and leadership development a plus
Terminal degree in relevant academic field preferred; relevant teaching and topical research experience a plus
Experience evaluating, refreshing and updating administrative policies, office systems, and budgets within an educational setting strongly preferred
Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Some night and weekend commitments, including participation in the administrator-on-call rotation, required.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Job: Student Services
Organization: Asian American Center
Employee Status: Regular Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: May 8, 2019, 3:05:40 PM
Internal Number: 96660
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